In the beginning…


Horse Racing Betting System ResultsMy name is Keith Eckstein and I’m the creator of Paper Trade It.

I wasn’t always madly and passionately interested in (for that, read addicted to!) horse racing and….

I didn’t always live in France.

I still remember when I was an IT Service Manager at Chase Manhattan Bank and hiding in the toilet when my secretary came round collecting for the Grand National office sweepstake!

“Betting on horses was a mug’s game – or so I thought then!”

“I seem to have changed my tune now, though – I do have to say!”

A slight change of lifestyle…

Having moved to France I needed to earn some money (to pay for all that red wine and smelly cheese) and so I took the first job that came my way.

I do have to mention that, as Brittany is rather rural and a million miles (in thought, if not actually) from the hustle and bustle of the financial world; my first job wasn’t in the server room of a major bank but….

In an abattoir!

I ended up working there for six years (and believe me, it wasn’t as bad as it sounds – think of it as a large meat packing factory – I spent most of those six years putting cardboard boxes on pallets.)

But then I got ill and had to leave.

It turned out that I suffer from severe central sleep apnea…

Which basically means that when I go to sleep I stop breathing…

Bummer, eh?

So, I had to find another way of earning a living and decided to set myself up as a general IT support person and web designer.

A chance meeting…

Now, in the summer of 2010 some friends came to stay for a week and, as is common, many hours were spent in the garden sipping the occasional beer.

And, during this time, I spent many hours speaking to John & Mark about their interest (or, should I say, passion) – horse racing.

And I was hooked, because after they went home, I started looking deeper and deeper into this fascinating sport.

What had started as an interest now became something that seemed the perfect arena for me to combine my mathematical background and my programming skills.

John and Mark didn’t realise it but…

They’d created a monster!

Analysis, analysis and more analysis….

Horse Racing Betting System ResultsThere followed two years of analysing data, identifying trends and writing complex, predicative software.

Along the way, I came up with a few good ideas…

One of which is Focus Ratings which, by the way, I hope that you’ve already decided to try out – if you haven’t you really should!

Now, one of my clients at emailed me to ask if, when I had some free time, I could look at creating a website where people could log their bets and get their strike rate, profit & loss and losing run analysis worked out automatically.

It seems that he had been using just such a site but it was closing down.

Thus, Paper Trade It was born.

So, summing up…

So, that’s about it for me…

Just another Brit expat living the good life in France!

Albeit one who happens to have, over the last few years, become madly and passionately interested in Horse Racing!

My kindest regards

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